Black Excellence: Marvin Gaye, Gregory Hines Honored With Forever Stamps

by Krystal Franklin

November 26, 2018

Photos by Jim Britt/Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Images and Harry Langdon/Getty Images

Amidst the ever-growing chaos in this country regarding men and women of color, the United States postal service is giving us plenty of reasons to smile, celebrating the life and legacies of two of black Hollywood’s most electrifying stars. Gregory Hines and Marvin Gaye will be honored with “forever stamps” to commemorate their contributions to music and film.

“The miniature works of art illustrated in the 2019 stamp program offer something for everyone’s interest about American history and culture,” said U.S. Postal Service Stamp Services Executive Director Mary-Anne Penner. “From legendary poet Walt Whitman to the entertainment genius of Gregory Hines to the majestic beauty of our Wild and Scenic Rivers, this program is diverse and wide-ranging and tells America’s story on stamps.”

Gaye’s stamp will be featured in the Music Icons series while Gregory Hines will be included in the Black Heritage series. The pair joins the growing list of African-Americans given the honor, including Clarence ThomasLena Horne, Rosa Parks and Maya Angelou.

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